Vet­eran of­fi­cer marches out, 40yrs on

Albany Extra - - News - Tim Ed­munds

One of the Great South­ern’s long­est-serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cers was given a fit­ting farewell last week after ex­actly 40 years in the force.

Sergeant Nigel Fian­der’s re­tire­ment co­in­cided with his 40th an­niver­sary to the day he was sworn in as a WA Po­lice of­fi­cer with a spe­cial march-off cer­e­mony recog­nis­ing his in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to keep­ing the streets safe.

Sgt Fian­der was the Great South­ern’s top traf­fic cop for a decade un­til tak­ing up a new po­si­tion in 2010 as the dis­trict’s train­ing of­fi­cer where he has spent the past eight years pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal skills train­ing to the dis­trict’s of­fi­cers.

The 59-year-old moved to Al­bany in 2000 fol­low­ing post­ings in Nar­ro­gin, Kon­dinin, Ko­jonup, Dwellingup, Raven­sthorpe and Man­durah, after be­gin­ning his time in the force in Fre­man­tle.

He said he would re­tire with fond mem­o­ries.

“The po­lice force has been very good to me and my fam­ily. Polic­ing has changed a lot over the years but the changes have been for the bet­ter,” he said.

“I’m go­ing to miss the ca­ma­raderie amongst the of­fi­cers and the day-to-day deal­ings with them. The main thing is miss­ing the peo­ple you in­ter­act with and the bad mem­o­ries you just put to one side.”

Sgt Fian­der de­scribed his most re­cent role as the dis­trict’s train­ing of­fi­cer as a re­ward­ing one and said he was proud of his achieve­ments in road safety dur­ing his 10 years as the re­gion’s traf­fic Sergeant.

A par­tic­u­larly proud mo­ment was re­cently pre­sent­ing his son, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Owain Fian­der, with his 10-year ser­vice medal.

Sgt Fian­der en­cour­aged any­one think­ing about be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer to make the com­mit­ment to a re­ward­ing ca­reer.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Clarke said Sgt Fian­der was a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer of the Great South­ern.

“It’s im­por­tant to recog­nise he has given 40 years of his life serv­ing his com­mu­nity,” he said.

“He has been a ded­i­cated po­lice of­fi­cer who has a great pas­sion and I wish him all the best in the next chap­ter of his life.”

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

Sgt Fian­der’s ca­reer is recog­nised in the spe­cial march-off cer­e­mony last week.

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